What is Appendicitis?
- Pain around the belly button
- Lower right side abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to pass gas
- Abdominal swelling
- Low-grade fever
- A sense that you might feel better after passing stool
- Abdominal exam to detect inflammation
- Urine test to rule out a urinary tract infection
- Rectal exam
- A blood test to see if your body is fighting infection
- CT scans and/or ultrasound
Preparation For Surgery
- Health Ailments
- Stay in Hospital
Stay in Hospital
Post Surgery Care and Diet
|Patients may be given fewer amount of liquids immediately after the surgery (on the same day) and later after some time with regular food. The patient should drink lots of fluids, about 8 to 10 glasses per day. High-fiber food should be preferred in diet, hence patients need not strain during bowel movements. Foods high in fiber include beans, cereals, and whole-grain bread, peas, dried fruits, sweet corn, apples, and nuts.|
|Walking every hour will prevent blood clots. Do not lift heavy weights for at least 7 days after laparoscopic surgery and at least 3 weeks after open surgery. The patient may commonly feel tired post-surgery, getting adequate rest helps to recover faster.|
|The patient may have loose watery stools for a few days after intestinal surgery. Pain killer medicine may cause constipation. The best way to overcome constipation is to increase the fiber in the diet, prefer fiber-rich foods.|
|This is common for all surgical procedures to always wash your hands before and after touching the wound. Do not soak the wound in water until the stitches are removed. A small amount of discharge from the wound incision is normal. If it is thick and yellow or redness at the wound, it is an infection. Consult the doctor immediately. Avoid tight clothing, this may rub against the incision and slows down the healing process.|
|Intestinal Obstruction(Short-term blockage of stool or fluids)||The swelling of the tissue around the intestine can stop stool and fluid from passing. If there is any temporary blockage of passing fluids then a tube may be inserted through the nose into the stomach, maybe for 1 or 2 days to remove the fluids from the stomach.|
|Pregnancy Risks||The risk of fetal loss may increase to 10% when the appendix ruptures and there is peritonitis which is an infection caused at the abdominal cavity.|
|Pediatric risks||Children with a perforated appendix have increased wound infection rates and abdominal infections.|
|Wound Infection||Infection in the area of the incision or near the organ where the surgery was performed. Generally, antibiotic medicines will be given before and after the procedure. Smoking may also increase the risk of infection|
|Pneumonia||Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs. Avoid heavy walking, deep breathing, and smoking post-surgery which helps to prevent any lung infections.|
|Urinary tract infections||UTI is an infection of the urinary bladder or the kidneys. If a draining tube is placed post-surgery, this may cause urinary tract infection which includes pain during urination and fever.|
|Blood clot||A blood clot in the legs can travel to the lungs. Longer bed rest may lead to this complication, regular walking may reduce the risk.|
|Heart complication||May lead to a heart attack. General anesthesia applied during the surgery may worsen the problems with the heart and lungs. The anesthetist will suggest the best possible option based on a patient’s health condition|
|Other complications||Surgical infections, blood clots, breathing difficulties, kidney problems, and heart problems are other complications involved. These complications are higher in people who smoke, who are obese, and those with other health ailments like diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, and lung diseases.|
Frequently Asked Questions:
The following are the classic symptoms of appendicitis:
- Pain in your lower right abdomen or near your navel that moves lower. This is usually the first indication.
- Appetite loss.
- Nausea and vomiting occur shortly after the onset of stomach pain.
- Swollen tummy.
- Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Doctors have used surgery to treat appendicitis, even though an inflamed appendix can sometimes heal on its own. According to a new study, intravenous antibiotics work just as well as surgery for some people. The appendix is a small pouch located near the end of the large intestine.
The symptoms of appendicitis can last anywhere from 36 to 72 hours before the appendix ruptures. Appendicitis symptoms appear quickly after the condition is diagnosed. Early symptoms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting, and a low fever.
As the appendix becomes swollen and inflamed, it irritates the peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal wall. This results in localized, sharp pain in the right lower abdomen. The pain is more consistent and severe than the dull, aching pain that occurs when symptoms first appear.